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Just Good Art: The Chuck Thurow Gift

2/4/2017 - 5/7/2017, Monday - Saturday: 9 am - 4:30 pm, Sunday: Noon - 4:30 pm
The Illinois State Museum invites visitors to a new exhibition that highlights a major gift of more than 100 contemporary artworks given to the museum in 2016 by Chicago collector and arts advocate Chuck Thurow. ""Just Good Art: The Chuck Thurow Gift"" exhibition will be on display from February 4 through May 7, 2017. 


Cubs vs. Cardinals: The Rivalry

3/24/2017 - 12/31/2017, Daily: 9 am - 5 pm
Visitors will see rare artifacts and photographs. They’ll learn about legendary players like Mordecai Brown and Rogers Hornsby and newer stars like Jake Arrieta and Yadier Molina. They’ll also be able to interact with the exhibit by sharing their own Cards-Cubs memories, answering trivia questions and playing a home run derby as their favorite team. 

“The Rivalry” was developed in conjunction with the National Baseball Hall of Fame, the Chicago Cubs and the St. Louis Cardinals, an unprecedented partnership from all three organizations for an exhibit of this type.

Items planned for the exhibit include:

 The second-base bag stolen by Cardinals star (and former Cub) Lou Brock on Sept. 10, 1974, to break the modern record for steals in a season

  • The cap worn by Cubs pitcher Kerry Wood when he struck out 20 batters on May 6, 1998
  • A chart kept by Cardinals manager Whitey Herzog to track the hitting trends of Cubs slugger Andre Dawson
  • A watch fob owned by Mordecai “Three Finger” Brown with medallions for the Cubs’ 1907 and 1908 World Series victories and 1906 pennant win
  • Shoes worn by Cardinals outfielder Vince Coleman when he set the major league record for stolen bases by a rookie in 1985
  • Gear worn or used by such greats as Rogers Hornsby, Hack Wilson, Stan Musial, Fergie Jenkins, Bob Gibson, Sammy Sosa, Albert Pujols and more.


Andy Logan & the O.C. 75S

3/30/2017, 7 pm
Blues and Rock artist


Always, Patsy Cline

3/31/2017 - 4/2/2017, Friday: 8 pm, Saturday: 2 pm & 8 pm, Sunday: 2 pm

Starring Lori Ann McCabe as Patsy Cline and Sandra Fritz as Louise Seger


Featuring The Bodacious Bobcats:  Doug Hahn, Gary Davis & Robb Stark

"Always Patsy Cline" is more than a tribute to the legendary country singer who died tragically in a 1963 plane crash.  The show is based on a true story about Cline's friendship with a fan from Houston named Louise Seger, who befriended the star in a Texas honky-tonk in l961, and continued a correspondence with Cline until her death. 

Told through the memories of Louise, this charming show combines down home humor, heartfelt emotion, and over two-dozen of Patsy Cline's unforgettable hits: "Crazy", "I Fall to Pieces", "Sweet Dreams", "Walking After Midnight" and more.  

The title of the show was inspired by Patsy's letters to Seger, which were consistently signed, "Love Always... Patsy Cline".


April in Paris with the Illinois Symphony Orchestra

3/31/2017, 7:30 pm
Aram Demirjia, Conductor
Chabrier Habanera - Faure Pavane - Ravel Le Tombeau de Couperin - Debussy Clair de lune - Mozart Symphony No. 31

You're invited to Listen Live! throughout the 2016-2017 season as we “audition” the four candidates, Vladimir Kulenovic, Andrew Sewell, Ken Lam, and Aram Demirjian vying to become the next Music Director of the Illinois Symphony Orchestra. With varied backgrounds and experience, each candidate brings a tremendous amount of energy and innovation to the stage and we hope you will join us in the upcoming season to help us choose our next Music Director.


Lincoln Presidential Half Marathon

4/1/2017, 7:30 am
Run where Lincoln walked. The Midwest's premier half marathon takes participants past Springfield's major Lincoln sites, includes his home and tomb. Registration information is available online. 


Civil War Tech: Strategy at Vicksburg

4/1/2017, 10 am - 11 am
Vicksburg, MS was considered to be a critical military holding by both sides because of its location on the Mississippi River. The Union Army led a successful campaign to capture the city in 1863. Learn about the tactics both sides used to control Vicksburg. Registration recommended. Ages 8-12. Civil War Tech is a monthly program series presented by the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum thanks to generous support from AT&T. 


Civil War Tech Strategy at Vicksburg

4/1/2017, 10 am - 11 am
Vicksburg, MS was considered to be a critical military holding by both sides because of its location on the Mississippi River. The Union Army led a successful campaign to capture the city in 1863. Learn about the tactics both sides used to control Vicksburg. Registration recommended. Ages 8-12. Civil War Tech is a monthly program series presented by the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum thanks to generous support from AT&T. 


Attention to Detail: A Dana-Thomas House Specialty Tour

4/1/2017,
Join longtime volunteer Frank Marchant on an extended tour of the Dana Thomas House. Attention to Detail explores details and stories of the House that enrich our understanding of art and architecture and the genius of Frank Lloyd Wright. Call the site at 217-782-6776 to reserve your place on this tour.


Spring Floral Show

4/1/2017 - 4/16/2017, Monday - Friday: Noon - 4 pm; Saturday & Sunday: Noon - 5 pm

Come visit the 44th Annual Spring Floral Display.  Easter lilies, tulips, azaleas, hyacinths and other lush tropical foliage will fill the Garden's Exhibit Hall and Conservatory. 

 



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